24-Oct-2011

Written by: Attorney Charlie Davis

Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $7.65 per hour as of January 1, 2012.  This amount is 30 cents more than the present minimum wage in Arizona and nearly 40 cents higher than what is required by federal law.  

 

New Rules have been issued by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) affecting all employers.

 

Whether your workplace is unionized or not virtually every employer must now post a notice in its workplace.  The poster entitled “Notice of Rights” must be at least 11 by 17 inches.  It can be obtained from the NLRB Regional Offices or downloaded from the NLRB website beginning November 1, 2011 (www.nlrb.gov.) Translated version of the Notices will be available and must be posted where 20% or more of the employees are not proficient in English.

 

As with other federal notices, the posters must be posted in conspicuous places, including all places where notices to employees concerning personnel rules or policies are customarily posted.  This means copies of the notice must also be posted on the internet or intranet sites of personnel rules if personnel policies are customarily posted there.

 

The notices must be posted by November 11, 2011.

 

If you fail to post the NLRB does not have any authority presently to levy fines. However, failure to post the Notice of Rights may be considered an “unfair labor practice” in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

 

Prior to the issuance of this rule, employers were not required to post such notices unless they were found to have violated the labor laws or agreed to do so as part of a settlement agreement.  Now an employer must post a Notice of Rights, even if it has never violated labor laws or been accused of violating them.

If you have questions regarding what your business needs to do to comply with these or any other regualtions, please do not hesitate to call us.